Bette Midler Reveals How She Got Her Nickname with Release of Deluxe Edition of ”˜The Divine Miss M’
September 13, 2016
Superstar Bette Midler is set to release the deluxe edition of her iconic 1972 album “The Divine Miss M” on Oct. 21.
The 2-CD set includes the remastered album, plus a bonus disc of singles, outtakes and demos and liner notes written by Bette herself.
In the liner notes, Bette reveals how she earned her divine nickname. “I began being called The Divine Miss M around 1969, when I made my first appearance at the Continental Baths, a gay bath house located in the basement of the Ansonia Hotel, at Broadway and 74th Street in New York. My best friend, Bill Hennessy, a hairdresser I met on ”˜Fiddler on the Roof,’ called me that for years. It was my first night at the Baths, and before I went on, the owner, Steven Ostrow, stuck his head into the dressing room and asked how I wanted to be introduced. I said, ‘Just tell them I’m divine!’ And that’s how it started.”
The album hits store shelves Oct. 21, but will also be available for digital download the same day, and is currently available for pre-order via Amazon.